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From Middle English prevencion, from Medieval Latin prēventiō.


  • IPA(key): /pɹɪˈvɛnʃən/
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prevention (countable and uncountable, plural preventions)

  1. The act of preventing or hindering; obstruction of action, access, or approach; thwarting.
    a fire prevention campaign
    • 1599 (first performance), William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Iulius Cæsar”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies [] (First Folio), London: [] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act III, scene i]:
      Casca, be sudden, for we fear prevention.
    • 1698, Robert South, “Sermon Preached at Christ-Church, Oxon. before the University”, in Twelve Sermons upon Several Subjects and Occasions, volume III, London: [] Tho[mas] Warren for Thomas Bennet [], →OCLC, page 222:
      But no Man Pities another for any Evil lying upon Him, which he would not help, but which he could not. One is his Burden, the other his Choice; Vertually at least, since he might have Chosen its Prevention.
    • 1920, Francis Sales Betten, The Roman Index of Forbidden Books:
      It performed this task in the beginning and has always exercised the power of passing on books. By this transfer, the Pope points out, every danger of a collision, which might become very embarrassing, is evaded. The prevention of such collisions has indeed been one of the chief reasons for Pius X to undertake the complete reorganization of the Roman Curia.
    • 1982, Ronald Reagan, Presidential Radio Address - 2 October 1982:
      In the next few days we'll announce the administration's new strategy for the prevention of drug abuse and drug trafficking.
  2. (medicine) Any measure intended to limit health-related risks (such as information campaigns, vaccination, early diagnosis etc.).
    • 1933, David Marshall Brooks, The Necessity of Atheism:
      Whatever cures are known, and preventions that are practiced now, could have been common knowledge centuries ago.
  3. (obsolete) The act of going, or state of being, before.
    • 1631, Francis [Bacon], “III. Century.”, in Sylua Syluarum: Or A Naturall Historie. In Ten Centuries. [], 3rd edition, London: [] William Rawley; [p]rinted by J[ohn] H[aviland] for William Lee [], page 59, →OCLC:
      It is generally knowne and obserued, that Light, and the Obiect of Sight, moue swifter than Sound; For we see the Flash of a Peece [i.e. firearm] is seene sooner, than the Noise is heard. [] And the greater the Distance, the greater is the Preuention: As we see in Thunder, which is farre off; where the Lightning Precedeth the Cracke a good space.
  4. (obsolete) Anticipation; especially, anticipation of needs, wishes, hazards and risks
  5. precaution; forethought.
    • 1659, Henry Hammond, A Paraphrase and Annotations upon All the Books of the New Testament, London: Richard Davis, The Gospel according to S. LUKE, Chapter 14, verse 3, p. 238,[1]
      And Jesus [] by way of prevention asked a question of the Doctors of the law and Pharisees that were present, saying, Is the working of a cure on a sick man a thing forbidden, and so unlawfull to be done upon a sabbath day?

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  1. genitive singular of preventio